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Past Events

The Spring 2017 Meeting of the Consultative Group (CG) of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery was held on April 5-7, 2017, at the Zurich Development Center (ZDC), in Zurich, Switzerland.

To address the drivers of risk, the people and governments of South Asia are taking action through appropriate policies and investments. The seminar highlighted the approaches taken in a variety of countries, the progress to date building disaster resilience, and the opportunities to replicate partnerships like these in more countries.

Bringing together representatives of governments from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions, this event highlighted the increasing climate- and disaster-related challenges SIDS are facing and the innovative solutions that they are implementing as an integral part of their development.

We launched a new report examining Japan’s comprehensive approach to safer schools, including its innovative financial scheme, political and technical solutions, as well as lessons learned that are relevant to countries trying to address similar challenges.

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At the UN's Conference on Sustainable Development (Habitat III), GFDRR and the World Bank launched a flagship report on the need for investment in urban resilience.

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A panel discussion on the role of climate risk insurance in helping developing countries build their financial resilience to adverse natural events, and their capacity to meet post-disaster funding needs when crisis hits.


This round of the Resilience Dialogue series looked into translating the outcomes of the Agenda 2030 and the recent World Humanitarian Summit into actions to strengthen local resilience, promoting a better understanding of resilience in the context of forced displacement, and exploring a broader knowledge of lessons learnt from implementing resilience support.


This round of the Resilience Dialogue series took an in-depth look at the intersection of gender, disaster risk, and technology, with a focus on how women-led grassroots efforts in disaster risk management can illuminate a way forward for gender divisions in science, policy, and beyond.

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Over 650 participants from 100 countries came together at the fourth UR forum to share best practices on assessing, understanding and communicating risk. The five days were filled with over 50 sessions, including training events, workshops, technical sessions and plenaries.

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